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This conference continues the essential conversation on the art of cabaret among performers, teachers and coaches, writers and historians, and fans. Come meet each other!

The 2019 roster continues to grow. Here's who we are so far:
Workshop/Master Class Leaders
      Angelina Réaux, San Diego: A Matter of Style: Opera, Broadway, Cabaret, Kabarett
      Christian Pagès of Paris: Body and song—the voice on stage
      Christine Steyer, Chicago: Releasing performance anxiet
      Claudia Hommel, Chicago: "Patter"—the audience's portal to you and your song
      Clotilde Rullaud of Paris: Vocal Resonances in Practice
      David Edelfelt, Chicago: Bridging communication and technique
      Elizabeth Doyle, Chicago: Songwriters circle
      Jacques Protat, Dijon: Diction for singers
      Jean-Claude Orfali, Paris: Musical skills of interpretation and the pianist-singer partnership
      Kyle Hustedt: Taking risks, what cabaret learns from burlesque
      Mark Burnell: Jazz, riffing and positivity
      Michèle Barbier, Paris: How to dramatize a song, lessons learned from Josephine Baker
      Paul L Martin of London: The Golden Thread—the Relationship to your Audience
      Valérie Blanvillain, Montpellier: Master Master class
      Yael Rasooly of Tel Aviv: Cabaret with objects and characters

    From the United States
    In order by first name

    AngyANGELINA RÉAUX—San Diego

    Born in Houston, Texas to a Spanish mother and a Cajun father, Angelina is a woman of multiple talents: opera singer, chanteuse, singing-actress, director, producer, dramatist, scenographer, costumer and pedagogue. She commands a repertoire from Strauss to Sondheim and has performed in major venues in the USA and Europe.
    Best known for works of Kurt Weill and Leonard Bernstein, Angelina began her career in New York as the Beggar Woman in the First National Tour of Sweeney Todd with Angela Lansbury. She was soon engaged by dozens of prominent venues from Houston Grand Opera to Vienna Staatsoper, Glimmerglass Opera to the New York Philharmonic, Boston Pops and Boston Symphony, BBC Symphony, to Caramoor, Ravinia, and Innsbruck Festivals. Leonard Bernstein hand-picked Angelina to sing the role of Mimi in Puccini's La Bohème, and its Grammy-nominated recording by Deutsche Grammophon. She has performed his Jeremiah Symphony around the world, brought a Bernstein Liederabend to the New York Historical Society, premiered five of his posthumous songs, created There Is a Garden: A Celebration of Leonard Bernstein for the Chicago Opera Theatre, i>Bernstein Tonight! in Italy and at the Chautauqua Institute, and recorded songs for Bernstein: A Jewish Legacy.AngyDrama (39K)
    While at Northwestern University Angelina performed Kurt Weill's Berlin to Broadway. Her one-woman Kurt Weill show, Stranger Here Myself, directed by Christopher Alden for the New York Shakespeare Festival, continues to be performed throughout the US. She made her début at the New York Philharmonic singing Weill's The Seven Deadly Sins, performed Weill's Marie Galante and Johnny Johnson, also for BBC television. She has brought her Weill cabaret Dancing on a Volcano: Ein Berliner Kabarett to regional theatres, concert halls, clubs and cabarets throughout the US. At the Santa Fe Opera she starred as the False Angele in Weill's Der Tsar lässt sich Fotografieren. She played Jenny Diver in The Threepenny Opera at The Skylight Theatre, and Polly Peachum at the Chautauqua Institute. She has directed and designed productions in Tuscany, Italy, Santa Barbara and Sacramento. She has also served as judicator for the prestigious Lenya Competition on several occasions and her recording of Weill's Street Scene as Rose Maurrant can be heard on the Decca/London label. Angelina was recently featured in Side by Side by Sondheim at North Coast Rep, and has appeared with some of America's finest repertory theatres from Yale to Santa Barbara; and in concert and cabaret at Café Sabarsky, the Algonquin, the American Express Concert Series, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Recital Hall and many more. Angelina lives in San Diego, California with her husband, baritone Michael Sokol and their dog and cats.

    anneheadshotcropped (15K)ANNE PRINGLE BURNELL—Chicago

    Anne has performed for WDCB Jazz Salon, Jazz at the Logan, Chicago Humanities Festival, Mabel Mercer Foundation Cabaret Convention, Metropolis, and the Auditorium Theatre. Along with her husband pianist/vocalist Mark Burnell, they have toured in Paris and Amsterdam, and have sung the national anthem for the Cubs, White Sox, Arlington International Race Track, and the Special Olympics. Recordings:Summer Days and Dreamy Nights,Blues in the Night, Serious, Little Things We Do Together. Shows include: Cry Me a River—The Music of Julie London with Mark Burnell, and guitarist Henry Johnson, The Brill Building Songwriters, Tales of Our Travels, Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves. Anne is current president of Chicago Cabaret Professionals. www.anneburnell.com

    avalogan2 (864K)AVA LOGAN—Chicago

    Ava Logan is an award-winning singer-actress from Washington, DC, now living in the Chicago area. Dr. Logan is a veterinarian by day and a jazz singer at night. Internationally, the classically-trained but versatile vocalist has performed jazz, pop, and rhythm and blues abroad with tours in Minsk, Belarus and Moscow, Perm and Rostov, Russia; in Paris, Rome, and Accra, Ghana. Appearing in several jazz festivals nationally, she received rave reviews for her appearance with the Mendocino Jazz Orchestra at the Mendocino Music Festival. Other California appearances include Herb Alpert's Vibrato Jazz Club in Bel Air, CA, and performances for benefit galas in Beverly Hills and Orange County. AvaRussia (230K)Ava has often performed for the Jazz Club of Sarasota, Florida. In Chicago, Ava has been heard at the Jazz Showcase, Andy's Jazz Club, the Drake Hotel, Fitzgerald's Night Club, Davenport's and PianoForte, to name a few. Theater appearances include portrayals of Ella Fitzgerald and Nancy Wilson at the Black Ensemble Theater and three self-produced jazz themed shows at the Skokie Theater. She has been featured three times on CBS-TV in Harry Porterfield's "Someone You Should Know". She performs with five different 18-piece big bands in the Chicagoland area, including the world renowned Chicago Jazz Orchestra. Ava is a proud, longtime member of the Chicago Cabaret Professionals. Her debut CD So Many Stars, produced by internationally acclaimed guitarist Henry Johnson, received national airplay and rave reviews! You can find Ava Logan at www.avalogan.com

    Barb6333 (108K)BARBARA SMITH—Chicago

    —has appeared in shows at Davenport's, Underground Wonder Bar, Rosa's Lounge, Chief O'Neill's and the Cliff Dwellers Club. Her powerful alto voice is well suited to jazz, blues, and folk music as well as cabaret. She was the 2018 winner of the Skokie Idol contest.
    Barb is a recruiter/connector and works on logistics.

    CappyCAPPY KIDD—Chicago

    Cappy, a Certified Energy Manager by day, is the go-to person and co-producer for fund-raising, outreach and logistics.

    CARMEN BODINO—Chicago Carmen

    As her father would say, Carmen was "my only daughter who was born singing not crying". Born in the Philippines, microbiologist turned cabaret singer, she made her solo début at Davenport's in Chicago in 2013 with Here's To Life! Her musical experience ranges from choirs, classic guitar, and cabaret. Auditing the 2018 Chicago Paris Cabaret Connexion inspired her back to stage after five years of absence. She continues to sing with SongShopLive and is a member of the Chicago Cabaret Professionals.

    CAROL WESTON—Chicago Carol_0290_small (51K)

    Carol sang and learned to play the piano and violin at a very young age. For many years, she's been a troubadour with guitar in hand, playing in schools and libraries. She's also been heard at Davenport's, Cyrano's, The Jazz Showcase, or playing the piano bar at the Drake Hotel or the Carlton Club at the Ritz. A founding member of the Chicago Cabaret Professionals, she has been able to live her dream of becoming a cabaret singer. She performs Life Is...Snapshots in Song and Thank You for the Music with Arlene Armstrong and Ruth Fuerst and most recently appeared with Don Hoffman at Davenport's in I'll Take Romance.

    CARRIE HEDGES—ChicagoCarrie2354 (62K)

    Carrie joined Claudia Hommel's SongShop in September 2010 the week after retiring from her position as a Staff Attorney with the U.S. District Court. Since then, she has appeared in shows at Cyrano's Bistrot, the Jazz Showcase, the Daystar Center, DePaul School of Music, and Piano Forte. She also performs in Claudia's Sunday Salon Series. Carrie made her debut at Davenport's Piano Bar and Cabaret in the Chicago Cabaret Professional's 2011 Holiday Cabaret and appeared in CCP's Strut Your Stuff in 2014. She performed in the Rotary Near South's benefits Broadway on the Cusp! in 2013 and in Broadway for the Hoi Polloi in 2014. In November 2013, Carrie performed her one-woman show Songs in the Key of Oz at the Daystar Center. She sings in the University of Chicago Chorus and serves on the Board of the Chicago Children's Choir. She was President of the International Wizard of Oz Club from 2010-2017.

    CHRISTINE STEYER—Oak Park, Illinois

    Christine Steyer (439K) Soprano has distinguished herself as artist of great versatility. In addition to being the recent recipient of seven national performance awards including the 2018 American Prize Chicago Oratorio Award and 2011 Johnny Mercer Award, Steyer has received acclaim for her portrayals of the title role in Madama Butterfly and Violetta in La Traviata. A frequent recitalist, Steyer sang several concerts of Russian and American music. Christine seeks many innovative ways to keep classical vocal music relevant in today's world.

    Christine SteyerDrama (190K)Steyer is the Founder/Artistic Director of Bellissima Opera, the outreach component of which has brought music to over 25,000 students in under-served areas. A proponent of new works, Christine collaborated with poets and musicians to publish Six Songs for Soprano and has commissioned several new works by today's leading composers. Steyer recently sang for the Cuban Ambassador and was the featured artist for the American Opera Society Gala. Christine can be heard on the CD Caroline Myss' Voice of the Sacred produced by SoundsTrue. Steyer frequently performs her one-woman cabaret show, So, You Want to Be a Diva?. Steyer teaches privately and at Concordia University in River Forest, Illinois. She is president of Working in Concert, the new performing arts alliance that supports the Cabaret Connexion.

    Tulsa2 CLAUDIA HOMMEL (Chicago)—Actor-singer, teacher, cabaret promoter

    Claudia brings to the Chicago Paris Cabaret Connexion all her personal connections and passions. Born to two "Americans in Paris," she has been seeking the cabaret scene in her birthplace of Paris for 20-some years. Her recordings of Paris/Paree, Paris in the Jazz Age, Romance Language: French Songs for Lovers, and the two Jazz Fauré Project albums are a reflection of her eclectic yet Paris-centric repertoire. She is on faculty at the Community Music Division of DePaul University School of Music with the award-winning workshop in song interpretation called SongShop. She instigated the founding of the Chicago Cabaret Professionals in 1998 and is prone to doing something similar for France with our French team of cabaret colleagues. www.workinginconcert.org

    DAVID EDELFELT—ChicagoDavidE (347K)

    David is "a consummate song interpreter [who] probably sounds great singing the weather forecast"—"one of Chicago's best" [Chicago Tribune]. His one-man cabaret shows have been called "superlative from start to finish, hilarious, deliciously engaging and simply brilliant." Singing roles from Mozart to Kander and Ebb, David has found a home in recent years in cabaret at Davenport's, Victory Gardens, The Park West, EdelfeltParkWest (40K)Skokie Theater, Claudia Cassidy Theater, Maxim's, the Mabel Mercer Cabaret Convention and for three consecutive years at the Elkhart Jazz Festival. David is not only one of Chicago's top-tier cabaret performers, but also voice teacher, vocal coach, accompanist and arranger to some of Chicago's most talented and in-demand cabaret, musical theater and classical singers. In his part-time work, he is also a respected choral conductor. He will be appearing at Chicago's historic Auditorium Theatre this November in a special concert celebration of Stephen Sondheim's 90th birthday with other top names from Chicago's diverse music community. See cdbaby.com or davidedelfelt.com for his nationally acclaimed CDs: Love is Born at Christmas and the inspiring better.

    Deborah GoodDEBORAH GOOD—Deerfield, Illinois

    Thrilled to sing again with the Chicago Paris Cabaret Connexion for her third year, Deborah has loved everything French since living in Paris as a college student at the Sorbonne. A linguist by profession, Deborah loves traveling the world singing and using her French and Spanish skills, and recently performed in both Chile and Madrid. A member of Chicago Cabaret Professionals, Deborah has been a featured performer in the Strut Your Stuff at Davenport's Cabaret and has also performed in the Merry Measures Holiday Show. Other vocal performances include two Summer Cabaret Connexion Concerts at the LakeHouse. In addition to her solo appearances, Deborah loves connecting with others in ensembles and choirs. Last November she was honored to sing at Carnegie Hall as part of an international choir performing Handel's Messiah.

    ELIZABETH DOYLE—Chicago

    Elizabeth Image 3 The magnet for many years at Chicago's famed Pump Room, singer-pianist-composer ELIZABETH DOYLE has created, performed in, and often music directed an array of shows at Chicago's major cabaret rooms and theatres. A featured guest on Marian McPartland's NPR program Piano Jazz, Doyle's compositions have been featured in New York ASCAP programs, at the Paradiso in Amsterdam, and at Disney/ASCAP in California. Her musicals include Sleepy Hollow, Fat Tuesday, Alice In Analysis, Burnham's Dream, Treasure Island, and Duo. She has two CDs: Elizabeth Doyle and Time Flies. "Elizabeth Doyle is one of Chicago's most captivating performers."—NPR Piano Jazz
    Elizabeth will lead the Songwriters Circle, headlines the show of Cole Porter in Paris , and will accompany several workshops and performances. www.elizabethdoylemusic.com.

    HOLLIS BOLTON—ChicagoHollis (45K)

    Hollis has sung in Paris for a predecessor to the Cabaret Connexion. She's active in two musical bands (playing the ukelele as well) and is on the go at various jam sessions about town.

    JEANIE CARROLL—Arizona

    Jeanie (155K)A seasoned stage vocalist in many types of shows from rock to cabaret in several languages, Jeanie reveled in the experience of participating in the St Louis Cabaret Conference twice. Jeanie worked for Club Mediterranée for several years traveling and singing in many "villages". She studied French in Aix-en-Provence and lived and worked in Paris for several years, singing at Jazz Clubs in Montparnasse and at The Hollywood Savoy next to La Bourse. These days, Jeanie hails from Sedona, Arizona, a beautiful cultural Mecca for some of the best artists and musicians from all over the world. She has fun collaborating in shows and gigs including the Sentimental Journey Big Band, a combo called "The Classics", and is the director of Red Rockappella, a Sweet Adeline's barbershop small chorus.

    JENI SCHELLENBERG—Antioch, IllinoisJeniS (181K)

    Jeni's musical interests began is school when she played clarinet. She was selected after her senior year of high school for the All-State band at Interlochen Center for the Arts. Through the years, she has traveled to the Far East, parts of Canada and many of the 50 states as a member of several choirs and was a soloist and member of a women's choir from the College of Lake County in a cultural exchange to China in 2013. She has her BA in Music Education from Northeastern Illinois University, a Masters of Music Education from VanderCook College of Music and has taught music in the public schools for 10 years. A classically trained singer, she has performed in the ensembles of Madama Butterfly, HMS Pinafore, Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci and Die Fledermaus. This summer she played the part of Alice in The Secret Garden at P M & L theater in Antioch. Jeni is a voice and piano teacher. Recently introduced to Claudia Hommel's SongShop and the Cabaret style, Jeni is looking forward to the journey ahead.

    KYLE HUSTEDT—Chicago

    KyleFeathersCrop (70K) A.K.A. Kylie Bear is a Chicago based cabaret entertainer, producer and club owner. Classically trained as an opera singer (Northwestern University), Kyle has toured nationally and internationally with his avant garde cabaret style. Founder of The Cabaret Project in Chicago, he has produced hundreds of nights and artists for clubs, resorts, corporate as well as private clients. He is the owner of The Monocle in St. Louis, Missouri, a cabaret and burlesque nightlife venue with French inspired decor and cocktail menu. The Cabaret Project creates opportunities each year for a myriad of artists ranging from voice, piano, vaudeville, cirque and burlesque utilizing approximately 60 artists annually. His most recent endeavor, The Feathered Beaus, have been traveling internationally and are receiving high praise for their handsome vocals as well as their flashy costume and presentations. As a skilled voice teacher and coach, Kyle works tirelessly with the artists in his employ to make a stronger, more diverse musical product for the cabaret and nightlife market. He hopes to continue marrying stylization from all walks of the nightlife entertainment industry.www.cabaretproject.org

    LOUISE GALE—Oak Park, IllinoisLG headshot3 (16K)

    Louise has chosen to enjoy her "retirement" as a saloon singer. At the University of Detroit she sang with the chorus's specialty group The Singing Titans and performed at Expo 67 in Montreal. This past year she participated in Chicago Cabaret Professionals productions of Merry Measures and Strut Your Stuff. Most recently she launched her own cabaret show Broadway Broads at Davenport's with Elizabeth Doyle at the piano. In addition, her small theater ensemble—S.W.A.G.—has produced four major productions in the last two years. She's proud to call herself a "regular" at Petterino's Monday Night Live and can often be found around town at various venues where they might let her share the mic for a while.

    LYDIA STUX—ChicagoLydia_1003 (20K)

    Lydia's background is primarily in musical theater, although she also enjoys singing folk music, show tunes, Tin Pan Alley songs and American standards. Her favorite roles include Fraulein Schneider in Cabaret, Grandma Tzeitl in Fiddler on the Roof, Mr. Twimble/Wally Womper in How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying and Dot, a Goose, in Honk! This is her third Cabaret Connexion, so she is not a newcomer to Cabaret anymore, but still a novice. Lydia also plays a major volunteer role running design and communication tasks for Working in Concert.

    MARK BURNELL—Chicago

    MarkB (382K) Pianist and singer, Mark trained vocalists for 10 years at Carnegie Mellon University, where he received his MFA. He's worked with Dave Frishberg, Connie Francis, Ward Swingle, Howie Mandel, Laura San Giocomo, Richie Cole, Rob Marshall, Blair Underwood, and Seth Myers. Mark's overseas tours have taken him to Bern, Zurich, Paris, Freiburg, Geneva, Panama, and Amsterdam. The Chicago Sun-Times hailed his work as "silky smooth and highly polished", and Cabaret Hotline praised him as "one of the most talented pianists and arrangers I've seen." Mark was twice a Master Instructor at the International Cabaret Conference at Yale University, and he has also taught at Northwestern and Roosevelt Universities. In Chicago, he can be heard at the Tortoise Supper Club, City Winery, Davenport's, and the Signature Room. Discography: Summer Days & Dreamy Nights, Blues in the Night (with Anne Burnell), Christmas Piano, Cooler by the Lake. www.burnellmusic.com

    MARY NOEL JOYCE—Chicago MaryJoyce (65K)

    Singing in choirs and solo since childhood, Mary was a member of the political parody singers Capitol Steps in the 1980s. She has sung at numerous piano bars, weddings and most recently in SongShop Live concerts. She was a participant in Paris last year with the Cabaret Connexion.

    SueBerke2 (20K)SUE BERKE—West Bloomfield, Michigan

    A native of Chicago, Sue relocated to Metro Detroit in 1999, after living in Montreal and Las Vegas. She has performed in community theatre productions in all four cities. As a pre-teen, she learned the complete scores of Broadway musicals by singing to the Cast Recordings. A regular participant in Karaoke venues, Sue has also entertained at Assisted Living Venues, with show tunes, country, pop/contemporary, and French language songs. Theatrical in performance, Sue loves to connect with her audience. She participates in Claudia Hommel's SongShop whenever possible, joined the Singers Jazz Workshop in Paris in 2015 and the first Cabaret Connexion in Paris 2017, with stops at the Café Universel.

    Profiles are coming for APRIL MARTINEZ and BETH HALEVY as our delegation is finalized.
    From the United Kingdom:

    Paul L Martin of London
    Paul L Martin-Blue (131K) The Golden Thread—the Relationship to your Audience

    Paul L Martin is the foremost teacher and facilitator of cabaret in the UK. Based in London, Paul has worked for over 15 years in drama schools, acting centres and with clients on a 1-2-1 basis as well as offering his own unique courses on the tenets and principals of this much misunderstood and often maligned art-form. Paul is passionate about having cabaret recognised as a genre in its own right within the industry and beyond, and has been a campaigner and champion of the London Cabaret scene for over 20 years. paullmartin.com

    From France:

    CHRISTIAN PAGÈS—Paris

    ChristianPagesFounder and director of the former École du spectacle in Paris, and director of Forum du mouvement, Christian has been working on voice for forty years… The voice is the most sensitive, meaningful and limpid instrument that speaks to us about us, the body, the spirit, the life, the senses… His work is energetic and associated with the exploration of inner movement and displacement in space. It is specific to the development of the individual. His teaching, coaching, books, CDs all have the same goal, to allow everyone to explore and develop in him his possibilities of expression and development of his being. christianpages.eu

    CLOTILDE RULLAUD —Paris

    Portrait_Clo (274K)Clotilde has been working in theater and performing arts for 15 years. She has directed and played in various original musical comedies and multidisciplinary and transmedia acts such as Sur la route des Tziganes and Mr Jazz, mixing-up spoken words, music and dance. Most recently the duo Madeleine & Salomon and their project A woman's journey, reinterpreting protest songs of American songstresses with free improvisations and dreamlike short films of a dancer's "escapades". She is about to release XXY, a cross-border collaboration between France, China and US, of multi-disciplinary performance, dance, videos and live music, investigating the equilibrium or disequilibrium between feminine and masculine beyond genders, generations and borders. www.clotilderullaud.com

    FRANÇOISE FERRAND—Montpellier

    Françoise Ferrand commence le piano au Conservatoire de Perpignan. Elle se spécialise dans l'accompagnement vocal et rentre au Conservatoire Supérieur de musique de Paris avant d'intégrer l'Atelier lyrique de l'Opéra de Paris où elle se spécialise comme coach vocal. Elle participe à de nombreux concerts (Amphithéâtre de l'Opéra Bastille, Auditorium du Louvre, Opéra Garnier), côtoie des chanteurs tels Roberto Alagna, Rolando Villazon, Stéphanie d'Oustrac. Elle est chef de chant sur différentes productions allant de l'Opéra (Don Giovanni, Cosi fan tutte) à la comédie musicale (Singin' in the Rain, The King and I) au Théâtre du Châtelet. Son ouverture la mène dans différents domaines, comme celui du théâtre où elle accompagne l'acteur Jacques Sereys, société honoraire de la Comédie française, dans la pièce Si Guitry m'était conté à la Comédie française et au Théâtre du petit Montparnasse. Elle joue également dans un court-métrage dirigé par Christophe Perton « Les territoires du silence ». Elle participe régulièrement à l'émission de Fip radio « Classic bazar » et accompagne le baryton Florian Sempey pour sa nomination aux « Victoires de la musique classique ». Françoise Ferrand donne des master-class de chant en France et à l'étranger.

    Françoise Ferrand began piano studies at the Perpignan Conservatory. She specializes in vocal accompaniment, playing for the Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique de Paris before joining the Atelier lyrique de l'Opéra de Paris where she specializes as a vocal coach. She participates in many concerts (Amphitheater Opera Bastille, Louvre Auditorium, Opera Garnier), alongside singers such Roberto Alagna, Rolando Villazon, Stephanie Oustrac. She is the conductor of various productions ranging from opera (Don Giovanni, Cosi fan tutte ...) to musicals (Singin' in the Rain, The King and I) at the Théâtre du Châtelet, in Paris. Her interests have led her to other arenas, including theater, where she accompanies the actor Jacques Sereys member of the Comédie Française, in the piece "Si Guitry m'était conté" at the Comédie Française and the Théâtre du Petit Montparnasse. She also plays in a short film directed by Christophe Perton The territories of silence. She regularly participates in the FIP radio Classic Bazaar program and accompanies the baritone Florian Sempey for his nomination to "Victoires de la musique classique". Françoise Ferrand gives masterclasses in singing in France and abroad.

    FRANÇOISE MIRAN—Nicefrancoise (28K)

    Née d'une maman martiniquaise et d'un papa breton, c'est à Nice que Françoise Miran choisit de faire vivre sa passion de la musique et des chansons. En 1980, Françoise Miran crée Les Alizés, une association qui allie actions culturelles et sociales, produisant de nombreux artistes dans les quartiers de la ville. En 1984, elle organise le Festival Brésilien de Nice, qui réunit plus de 25 000 spectateurs conquis aux Arènes de Cimiez, et l'année suivante à Juan Les Pins. Ce sera ensuite au tour d'un Festival Créole aux Seychelles en 1991, puis d'un Festival de Percussions à Châteauvallon, en 1992, 1993 et 1994. Elle crée le Festival Jazz Off du Nice Jazz Festival, en 1994, 1195 et 1996. En 2001, elle fait venir de Cuba Compay Segundo, membre fondateur du mythique Buena Vista Social Club. Elle a été aussi la gardienne azuréenne d'une tradition d'une certaine chanson française en organisant la venue de ses amis : Moustaki, Ferré et autre Nougaro...en créant de nombreux spectacles dans lesquels elle chante Ferré, Kosma, Brassens, Barbara, Bruant, Prévert, Aragon. Elle a aussi rendu hommage aux femmes avec Femmes de Paroles et a récemment monté Chansons à la carte : un copieux menu dans lequel nous sommes invités à choisir les chansons que nous souhaitons savourer. D'autres spectacle : Escales où elle présente ses chansons, la Grande guerre a sa musique, Une histoire du cabaret, et à l'hommage à Kosma, un festival de chansons françaises et le Prix Joseph Kosma.

    Born to a Martinican mother and a Breton dad, it is in Nice that Françoise Miran chooses to live her passion for music and song. In 1980, Françoise Miran created Les Alizés, an association that combines cultural and social actions, producing many artists in the city's neighborhoods. In 1984, she organized the Brazilian Festival of Nice, which gathered more than 25,000 spectators at the Arena of Cimiez, and again the next year in Juan Les Pins. In 1991, the Creole Festival in Seychelles, then a Percussion Festival in Châteauvallon, in 1992, 1993 and 1994. She created the Jazz Off Festival of the Nice Jazz Festival, in 1994, 1995 and 1996. In 2001, she brought Cuba Compay Segundo, founding member of the legendary Buena Vista Social Club. She also organized French song performances with her friends: Moustaki, Ferré and Nougaro, creating many shows in which she sings Ferré, Kosma, Brassens, Barbara, Bruant, Prévert, Aragon. She pays tribute to women songwriters with Femmes de Paroles and has recently created Songs à la carte: a rich menu in which we are invited to choose the songs we want to enjoy. Other recent shows: Stopovers—a personal journey with her own compositions, Music of the Great War (14-18), A History of Cabaret, and a festival in tribute to Joseph Kosma along with creation of the Joseph Kosma Award.

    HENRI BERTRAND—Paris HenriB2 (76K)

    "A travaillé avec différents groupes. Il est conteur d'histoire en patois, imitateur (de Bourvil), auteur, compositeur, interprète. Il prépare un nouveau spectacle en solo."
    Henri has performed with many different groups. He is a storyteller in patois, imitator (of comic singer Bourvil) author, composer, performer. He is preparing a new solo show.

    JACQUES PROTAT—DijonJacques (127K)

    Jacques Protat is the author of the only academic study ever made of contemporary American cabaret singing—in English or in French. He has recently rewritten his 2004 PhD thesis into Le Cabaret new-yorkais, théâtre intime du Great American Songbook, (published in 2018 by L'Harmattan in Paris). In it he describes what a small artistic community in the US simply calls 'cabaret'. He analyses both the cabaret scene and the art form, its history, socioeconomics and aesthetics. Based on hundreds of sources, he provides a comprehensive definition of "New-York Cabaret". A specific performing art form born in the 1980s in Manhattan, New-York cabaret combines self-expression with the curation of a cultural heritage. The actor as curator of the Great American Songbook. Conservation through creation. Dr. Protat teaches at the University of Burgundy in Dijon, France. He is also a singer-songwriter of jazz songs, as James Porter.

    Jacques Protat est l'auteur de la seule étude universitaire jamais publiée, en français ou en anglais, sur le cabaret américain de chanson d'aujourd'hui. Il a récemment remanié sa thèse de 2004 pour publier chez L'Harmattan Le Cabaret new-yorkais, théâtre intime du Great American Songbook (426 pages, 201, L'Harmattan). Il y décrit ce qu'une petite communauté artistique américaine appelle tout simplement le 'cabaret', en tant que scène artistique et en tant que forme de spectacle vivant. Il analyse son histoire, son organisation socioéconomique et ses principes esthétiques. A partir de centaines de sources — entretiens, livres, médias sociaux, articles de presse — il apporte une définition complète de ce qu'il a choisi de nommer "Cabaret new-yorkais". Genre spécifique de spectacle vivant né dans les années 1980 à Manhattan, le cabaret new-yorkais associe expression personnelle et transmission d'un patrimoine culturel. L'acteur en tant que passeur. La conservation par la création. Jacques Protat enseigne à l'université de Bourgogne. Il est également auteur-compositeur interprète de chanson jazz, sous le nom de James Porter.www.JacquesProtat.com

    JEAN-CLAUDE ORFALI—ParisJeanClaudeHead (60K)

    Pianiste-compositeur-chef d'orchestre, Jean-Claude will serve the CPCx conference as a principal pianist in master classes and concerts. He has participated in many international events and piano concerts around the world. Pianist, composer, conductor, Jean-Claude comes from a family of musicians. For many years he has played regularly in Paris at venues such as Le George V, le Plaza-Athénée et le Bristol. He appears frequently at the oldest Parisian artistic cabaret Lapin Agile. He accompanied Claudia Hommel's master class for 20 musical theatre students at the École Professionnel de Comédie Musicale in 2016 and joined Elizabeth Doyle as principal pianist for the first and second Chicago Paris Cabaret Connexion conferences in Paris and Chicago. He recently returned to Chicago to perform with Christine Steyer, taking their concert Sweet Spot between Our Worlds to Montréal. He performs as a solo pianist, as part of small jazz groups and also leads Parisian Big Band "BB15". He has composed and performed for film as well. jeanclaude.orfali.free.fr

    MARYLINE ROLLET—Paris

    Maryline6042 (600K)Joyeuse et mélancolique, mêlant la douceur de la balade, l'énergie du jazz et la sensualité de la bossa-nova, Maryline nous embarque avec enthousiasme — en français, en anglais et en brésilien — dans son univers touchant et sensible. Elle se produit régulièrement en duo, trio, quartet, solo, sur les scènes des cafés, restaurants, clubs jazz, théâtres et aussi dans le métro parisien. Le répertoire chanson, jazz, bossa nova — principalement de reprises — est teinté d'humour et de poésie. Elle a participé à la première Chicago Paris Cabaret Connexion à Paris en 2017.
    Joyful and melancholy, mixing the sweetness of the ballad, the energy of jazz and the sensuality of bossa-nova, Maryline brings us along enthusiastically—in French, English and Brazilian—in her touching and sensitive universe. She regularly performs in duet, trio, quartet, solo, at cafes, restaurants, jazz clubs, theaters and also in the Paris metro. Her repertoire of standards is tinged with humor and poetry. She participated in the first Chicago Paris Cabaret Connexion in Paris in 2017. www.marylinerollet.com

    michelebarbier3 (49K) MICHÈLE BARBIER —Paris

    Michèle began her career as actress, singer and author (Comédie Française, Festival d'Avignon, etc). But left everything to live in the world of circus for thirty years, in Sweden, in Germany and then, running her own company in France. While in Denmark, she was discovered by the legendary Josephine Baker who engaged her as personal secretary from 1969-1971. Returning to theater, writing and song, she released two albums (a third due June 2018), published 12 books (novels, historical essays, theater and poems) and produced and performed in five plays, especially a "one-woman-show" evoking the circus world. She has created events, often televised, such as the Gala de la Presse and Kréatika, the Festival of Authors-Composers-Performers. She is vice-president of the Alliance Francophone for which she has performed and traveled to many countries, most notably Japan. www.michele-barbier.com

    MYLÈNE LAUNAY —Paris

    Singer-actress, emcee of the weekly bal Mouffetard with Christian Bassoul, Mylène has played a key role in organizing the 2017 and 2019 Paris conferences and rallying the French delegation for Chicago 2018. Read more at the link.


    PATRICK PERNET—Paris

    Patrick Pernet (37K)Pianiste et arrangeur, Patrick alterne le studio et la scène, sa première scène à l'âge de 13 ans démontre déjà ses compétences musicales. Depuis il accompagne un nombre impressionnant d'artistes, chanteurs, comédiens et humoriste. Son répertoire musical s'est enrichi de multiples parcours (orchestres de bal, groupes de jazz-rock, de rock, musique country, chanson française, animation d'ateliers-chanson). Il a à son actif réalisé, enregistré et arrangé plus d'une centaine d'albums, ses musiques pour théâtre sont exportées dans le monde entier. Dernièrement une pièce de Mateo Visniec s'est jouée en Corée du Sud à Séoul. Il participe à l'album de la chanteuse new-yorkaise Dawn Harden, de Manu Dibango et autres artistes étrangers. Remarqué pour ses talents d'improvisation et de musicien comique, il accompagne le clarinettiste excentrique Clovis, le groupe humouristique Le Bruit Qui Court et Michèle Barbier pour son spectacle sur le cirque.
    Patrick Pernet pianist arranger alternates between studio and stage, having begun his musical career at age 13. He has accompanied an impressive array of artists, singers, comedians and humorists. His musical repertoire has been enriched by multiple genres (dance bands, jazz-rock bands, rock bands, country music, French songs), and leading song workshops. He has directed, recorded and arranged more than a hundred albums. His music for theatre is exported the world over. Recently a piece of Mateo Visniec was played in South Korea in Seoul. He can be heard on the album of New York singer Dawn Harden, Manu Dibango and other foreign artists. Noted for his improvisational skills and comic musician, he accompanies the eccentric clarinettist Clovis, the humorous group Le Bruit Qui Court and Michèle Barbier's show on the circus.

    ValerieB (21K)VALÉRIE BLANVILLAIN—Montpellier

    Conductor Valérie Blanvillain obtained her diploma in piano and in chamber music at the Superior Conservatory of Music in Geneva. She has a state-registered diploma in piano accompaniment. She has worked in a psychiatric clinic and related establishments as music therapist for both adolescents and adults. She trained as orchestra conductor under Misters Cohen, Peter Erdei and Frieder Bernius. During these master classes, she had the opportunity to conduct the Ensemble Musicus (Japan) and the Kammerchor Stuttgart (Germany). From 1993 to 1999, she was in charge of the season of the Gardoise Operetta, and conducted several rare works like Robert Planquette's Rip, Hervé's Mam'zelle Nitouche along with classical operettas like La Belle Hélène, Pomme d'api by Offenbach , Vincent Scotto's Un de la Canebière, Francis Lopez's La Route fleurie, Ralph Benatzky's L'Auberge du cheval blanc, La Veuve joyeuse, Paganini, Le Pays du sourire of Frantz Lehar, Henri Christiné's Phiphi, Oscar Straus's Rêve de valse. Since 1999 she has been much appreciated as collaborative pianist and opera coach of the National Opera and Orchestra of Montpellier Occitanie (OONMO). She conducts the University Choir of Montpellier Mediterranean and the Ephemeral Choir. Since 2016, she has led the big amateur choir "Air de Famille" a project of the National Opera and Orchestra of Montpellier. She became vocal coach for the France 2 TV-program "Les Prodiges", at the Zenith Concert Hall in Montpellier, in November 2018, working alongside conductor Zahia Ziouani. Valerie also plays for various lyrical recitals such as the Chorégies d'Orange festival, and the national lyric new voices competition. She's worked as a vocal coach for the Opera of Avignon, the Junior Opera of Montpellier, the festival Folies d'O and the Festival Radio France of Montpellier. During the season 2019-20 of the National Opera and Orchestra of Montpellier, she'll be playing the piano for the National Opera Choir, and will be opera coach of Reinhard Wagner's Poil de carotte, staged by Zabou Breitman, Honegger's Les aventures du roi Pausole, and the choirmaster for the production of Carmina Burana by Carl Orff with "Un Air de Famille".

    Valérie Blanvillain est issue du Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique de Genève, en piano, en musique de chambre et diplômée d'état en accompagnement piano. Elle est musicothérapeute et a travaillé en clinique psychiatrique, et en établissements médico-éducatifs auprès d'adultes et adolescents. Elle intègre la classe de direction d'orchestre de M. Cohen, et se perfectionne en direction de choeur auprès des Peter Erdei et Frieder Bernius. Lors de ces master classes elle a l'occasion de diriger l'ensemble Musicus (Japan) et le Kammerchor Stuttgart (Allemagne).
    Elle assure jusqu'en 1999 la direction de la saison lyrique d'opérette gardoise et a dirigé des ouvrages rares comme Rip de Robert Planquette, Mam'zelle Nitouche de Hervé, mais aussi les classiques d'opérette comme La Belle Hélène, Pomme d'api d'Offenbach, Un de la Canebière de Vincent Scotto, La route fleurie de Francis Lopez, L'auberge du cheval blanc de Ralph Benatzky, La veuve joyeuse, Paganini, Le Pays du sourire, de Frantz Lehar, Phi-phi de Henri Christiné, Rêve de valse d'Oscar Straus. Depuis 1999 elle occupe le poste de chef de chant à l'Opéra et Orchestre national de Montpellier Occitanie (OONMO). Actuellement, elle dirige le Choeur Universitaire Montpellier Méditerranée, et le Choeur Éphémère spécialisé dans le répertoire d'opérette. Valérie Chevalier, directrice de l'OONMO, lui confie la direction du grand choeur amateur Un Air de Famille(300 choristes) à l'Opéra et Orchestre National de Montpellier depuis 2016 à aujourd'hui. Son activité de pianiste chef de chant l'amène à devenir coach vocal pour l'émission TV de France 2 « Les prodiges », en novembre 2018, au Zénith de Montpellier aux côtés de la cheffe d'orchestre Zahia Ziouani. Par ailleurs elle joue pour divers récitals lyriques dans le cadre du festival des Chorégies d'Orange, le concours national des voix nouvelles et a assuré la fonction de chef de chant pour l'Opéra d'Avignon, l'Opéra Junior, le festival des Folies d'O, le Festival de Radio France Montpellier. Dans le cadre de la saison 2019-2020 à l'Opéra et Orchestre National de Montpellier Occitanie, elle se produira au piano dans plusieurs concerts avec le choeur de l'opéra national et sera chef de chant pour la production Poil de Carotte de Reinhardt Wagner dans une mise en scène de Zabou Breitman, Les aventures du roi Pausole de Honegger, le Requiem de Mozart et sera chef de choeur à l'OONM sur la production Carmina Burana de Carl Orff avec « Un air de Famille ».

    Yves Bertrand (12K)YVES BERTRAND—Mopntpellier

    Author-historian (and grand nephew) of the turn-of-the-20th-century singer-songwriter Marcel Legay. Historien du chansonnier Marcel Legay (1851-1915).
    Ex-professor of the University of Montpellier, Yves now specializes in the field of French songs of the "Cabarets Artistiques" of the Belle Époque (1880-1914), placing the cabaret song in the societal and artistic context of the era. His presentations are illustrated by the projection of original visual documents and the diffusion (recordings and live performance) of characteristic songs. His presentations include (i) the life and work of his great-uncle, the Montmartre chansonnier Marcel Legay (1851-1915), (ii) the "Cabarets Artistiques" of the Belle Époque, and (iii) the comparison between Café-Concert and Cabaret Artistique. Since 2014 he has presented more than thirty presentations in Paris and several cities in France.



    Other participants from France to be profiled include: from Montpellier, singers Christiane Thiébaut, Caroline Sancho, Emmanuel Thevenin, and Marie-Mélaine Berthelot.

    Coordinators and Outreach

    The Chicago Paris Cabaret Connexion was founded in late 2016 by Claudia Hommel, Elizabeth Doyle and Lynne Jordan, with the indispensable aid of Mylène Launay in Paris.
    For 2019, the Chicago coordinators are Claudia Hommel, Barb Smith, Cappy Kidd and Lydia Stux, with the assistance of Elizabeth Doyle, Kyle Kustedt, Greta Pope and others.

    Our principal French correspondents are Yves Bertrand , Jean-Claude Orfaliand Mylène Launay with assistance by Maryline Rollet, Michèle Barbier and others.

    Please forgive any omissions. We could not put together this project without all of you!

    Performers who participated in our 2018 fundraising concerts are Ava Logan, Barb Smith, Carrie Hedges, Caryn Caffarelli, Christine Steyer, Claudia Hommel, Dan Stetzel, David Hoffman, Deborah Good, Don Hoffman (no relation), Elizabeth Doyle, Evelyn Danner, Gunduz Ast, Hilary Feldman, Hollis Bolton, Jim Rollins, Jonathan Lewis, Kat Victoria, Lynda Gordon, Lynne Jordan, Mary Joyce, Patrick Davis, Rebecca Toon, and Ty Cooper.

    Performers who participated in our 2017 Chicago fundraising concerts are Ava Logan, Barb Smith, Carol Weston, Claudia Hommel, Cynthia Clarey, Elizabeth Doyle, Jo Rainey, Johnny Rodgers, Kat Victoria, Lynne Jordan, Natalja Aicardi, Paul Coscino, and Ty Cooper.

    CPCXAug13Group (81K) (Here, Barb Smith, Carol Weston, Elizabeth Doyle, Cappy Kidd, Ava Logan, Claudia Hommel, Johnny Rodgers, Jo Rainey after our August 13, 2017 concert)
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    Members of the French delegation came together for the "First Springtime of Cabaret" in Paris, 2018.

    Profiles of our 2018 participants are here.

    Profiles of our 2017 cohorts in France are here.

    Profiles of our 2017 US delegation are here.


CONTACT:
Correspondant en FRANCE
infofrance@cabaretconnexion.org
Yves Bertrand : 06 30 25 22 49
Correspondent in CHICAGO
info@cabaretconnexion.org
Claudia Hommel : 1-773-509-9360

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